KC Movement module: Muscle synergies
Optimising Movement Efficiency To Manage Recurrence And Improve Function

At the most fundamental level - movement is function. We want to put you in a position where your patients move better so they get more out of life.

Your ability to help your clients control their movement though daily activities and sport is essential for optimising function. Current research reveals that the level of movement control achieved by an individual is dependent on CNS processing.

These courses give you the skills to evaluate and retrain the optimum recruitment efficiency required to help your patients move better, restoring optimal function and minimising recurrence. Kinetic Control will enable you to correctly identify aberrant patterns of muscle recruitment synergies that are key for movement control retraining.

Many muscles can perform the same task due to the presence of motor abundance/redundancy. For example, many muscles may flex the hip or rotate the head. This characteristic allows for the formation of muscle synergies. For any given movement task, at any given intensity, the muscles within a synergy may vary in their contribution, allowing the individual to perform the task at hand in a number of different ways. As the task, intensity or other factors change muscles within the synergy can adapt to meet the changing demands. In the presence of a factor such as pain or injury, movement options are seen to change as the synergistic mix alters. These changes in synergistic patterns has an impact on how a person moves and feels.

During these courses:
  • We’ll look at how changes in muscle recruitment can relate to movement impairments
  • You can start to evaluate the recruitment efficiency of the local and global muscle systems
  • At this stage you will experience additional practical applications of movement retraining strategies to help restore recruitment efficiency
  • You will further develop your skills for cognitive motor learning
  • Learn new strategies to recover the ideal recruitment and length of the overactive multi-joint muscles
By the end of the courses you will:
  • Have acquired the necessary assessment skills to implement tests to evaluate muscle efficiency
  • Developed a better understanding of the relationship between movement impairments and muscle efficiency
  • Have at your disposal a range of effective strategies for helping your patients recover ideal recruitment and length of multi-joint global synergists and improve their function
  • There will be an opportunity for us to consider the neuroscience underpinning the principles recruitment efficiency, impaired function and recurrence of symptoms

KC Movement module: Muscle synergies

Targeting muscles synergies to optimise movement retraining for the low back and hip

Movement efficiency for low back and hip

  • Develops your ability to exert the greatest change on your patients’ movement, chance of recurrence and function by focusing upon muscle synergies of the low back and hip.

  • The course gives clinicians the skillset, the understanding and a systemized framework to efficiently facilitate changes in muscle synergies so as to reverse the frequently observed recruitment impairments.

  • Clinical tools of assessment and movement retraining are directed towards altering contributions of synergistic muscles, a process ensuring patients can move through each day with a more optimal set of movement patterns, meeting the demands of function without pain and a reduced chance of recurrence.


Targeting muscles synergies to optimise movement retraining for the neck and shoulder

Movement efficiency neck and shoulder
  • Enhances your ability to assess and retrain muscle synergies associated to pain, pathology and compromised function of the neck and shoulder
  • Develops your cueing and facilitation skillset to positively impact movement impairments attributable to altered muscle synergies
  • Supplies clinical skills to manage issues of extensibility so as to support patients’ long-term outcome
  • Supplies clinical skills to give patients strategies to reduce recurrence and maintain function
  • Gives you the skills, tools and understanding to choose movement assessment and retraining as the clinical intervention of choice


Beyond global movement control for pain and recurrence

Managing translation

  • This course gives clinicians the ability to identify exactly why, when and how to assess and retrain the local muscle synergists to manage translation control deficits within their patients.
  • Develops skills to successfully use clinical tools and a movement focussed framework to change the mechanisms of movement impairment associated to local stabiliser synergy system
  • Practical skills will be gained in changing the impairments in local muscle recruitment to reduce recurrence and restore confident, sustained pain-free function with a particular focus on the hip, shoulder, neck and low back.
  • This course will impact your management of hip and shoulder instabilities, and guide clinical decision making as to whether this retraining is a priority in your patients with back and neck pain.
  • This retraining can be the key to persistent presentations.


By the end of the end of the first two series of courses you will have achieved Kinetic Control Certification: Module Muscle Synergies

Kinetic Control courses are designed for medical health professionals such as physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, podiatrists etc registered with the HPC. In exceptional circumstances experienced non medical health professionals may be allowed to attend Kinetic Control courses but these participants MUST be able demonstrate that the course material is within their scope of practice and that they have appropriate professional liability insurance to cover them for their attendance at the course and the course content.

This course has both theortical and practical elements. Please come prepared for the practical work.